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If It's Not Your Money, It's A Crime.

Protecting Vulnerable Texans from Self-Neglect: This video produced by Adult Protective Services illustrates the problem of self-neglect.
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Elder Abuse is Everyone's Business
As the population of elderly Texans grows every year so does the number of those swindled out of their life savings. Often it's by the people they trust the most.

It's everyone's business to protect those who are elderly or have disabilities from financial exploitation.

"It's the ultimate betrayal to win the trust of a vulnerable adult and then steal their money or misuse their property," says Beth Engelking, DFPS assistant commissioner for Adult Protective Services. "We must all learn to recognize financial exploitation and do our part to stop this crime."

Each year during the month of October, Adult Protective Services and its partners focus on building awareness and understanding of financial exploitation

Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of another person’s money or property for personal profit or gain. Financial exploitation of adults who are elderly or disabled is an increasing problem and protecting them from becoming victims is everyone’s business.

Read the news release for more information on stopping financial exploitation.

Lend a Hand to Stop Elder Abuse & Neglect

May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month. It’s a good reminder for all Texans to look out for and to help those in our communities who are elderly or have disabilities.  After all, it’s everyone’s business to stop adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

In May, APS joins with many community, civic, and professional groups to raise awareness and understanding about adult abuse and neglect through conferences, presentations, and other events.

[Read More: Lend a Hand to Stop Elder Abuse & Neglect]

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Financial Exploitation: If It's Not Your Money It's A Crime

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Not Your Money poster for Bank Employees

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